Abbie Kamin won’t stop fighting for what matters most to District C.
Abbie Kamin is a civil rights attorney and neighborhood advocate who carries a copy of the Constitution in her purse and Robert’s Rules of Order in her car.
She’s a true believer in the courage, grit, and grace of everyday Houstonians – from the line of volunteers wrapped around the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey, to her mother, whose stubborn determination to help Romanian orphans led her to found a charity that has helped children in ten countries around the world.
Abbie is running for City Council to make City Hall more responsive to our residents – because we need to take care of the basics if we want to succeed in tackling our biggest challenges.
Every resident in every neighborhood deserves timely trash and recycling pickup, safe streets and sidewalks, the highest standards of flood protection, and all of the quality services expected of a great city. Abbie is a relentless champion who will cut through the red tape at City Hall and advance practical solutions.
Abbie is as Houston Proud as it gets. Her great grandparents were the first of her family to settle in Houston, in the Heights. They owned a store in what is now District C. Her father, a small business owner, instilled in her a proud legacy of giving back to the city that has always provided opportunities for her and her family.
Abbie’s drive to improve the world around her was baked in at a young age. Growing up, dinner table conversations with her family were dominated by passionate debates about politics, poverty and injustice. Abbie often accompanied her Dad into the voting booth at Hunters Creek Elementary School. That planted a seed that exploded when Abbie was 13 during the Bush/Gore presidential campaign.
She was glued to the TV during debates, and while in D.C. on a class field trip, Abbie and her friend convinced their teachers to cancel the day’s activities and join the crowds protesting the Bush v. Gore hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The next turning point for the young activist was Hurricane Katrina. The evacuation orders for New Orleans came on Abbie’s first day at Tulane University. She returned to Houston and quickly joined her mother at the Astrodome to care for growing populations of refugees arriving from New Orleans’ Superdome.
The young woman who grew up debating the pressing issues of the day around the dinner table in a middle-class Houston neighborhood was confronted with the shocking reality of deeply embedded institutional racism, the deadly impacts of climate change and the complete and utter failure of government to provide the most basic care and safety for its people.
That experience began a journey for Abbie that continues to inform her life and her work to this day.
As the Associate Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Regional Office, Abbie oversaw the region’s civil rights programming, community partnerships, and managed hate incidents reported by constituents from throughout nearly half of the state.
Abbie always looks to make the biggest difference possible in an effective manner. As a member of the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence, Abbie researched and drafted proposals that focused on what the city can do immediately to close gun show loopholes and ensure our schools are safe for our children.
Abbie founded the Emma Project in Houston to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees. She organized a rally for climate change awareness that became the national kick-off event for the country. As the Committee Director and Clerk for the Texas House Human Services Committee, Abbie fought for solutions to Texas’ foster care crisis. In the midst of Harvey, she was called upon to help at the City’s Command Center at George R. Brown. Her writings on voting rights have been published in the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle and the American Constitutional Society.
The common thread in all of Abbie’s work – starting from that first protest age 13 – is to never stop pushing government at every level to meet the needs of all of its people. That is the lifetime of experience that Abbie will bring to Houston City Council.
Vote Abbie Kamin for City Council, District C: Never Stop
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